Hi! I'm Miyuki, a Japanese woman from Osaka, Japan. This blog is mainly about the introduction of places, events, and various stuff in southern part of Osaka City, Osaka, Kansai, and Japan

by berry-raspberry

One of the largest tombs in the world,Emperor Nintoku’s tomb.

It was built in the middle of the 5thcentury.


In Sakai City Museum, across from the tomb,you can see a short movie about Emperor Nintoku’s tomb with English subtitles.


There is also Disen Park across from thetomb.

Ancient mausoleums are only Emperor Nintoku’s,but there are also small tombs in the park, which makes the park calm.


Ume, plum blossoms are blooming.

A few minute walk from Mikunigaoka Stations of JR Hanwa Line or Nankai Koya Line.
About 15 minute walk from Goryo-mae Station of Hankai Tramway.

# by berry-raspberry | 2017-03-13 00:22 | Osaka Pf - Sakai | Comments(0)

This is an incredible place where you can experience the luxuriouslife back in Edo period about 250 years ago.

In Edo Era, Osaka was the centeral business place in Japan.

Kagaya Jinbei was one of the successful business people; he was like abanker in those days.

After he retired, he devoted to develop the rice fields.

The newlydeveloped rice fields were called “Shinden”.

There are four Shindens, including Kagaya Shinden, remained inOsaka Prefecture.

Kaisho means a gathering place.

It was also Kagaya Family’s villa by the sea.


The gate


Sward rests at the entrance


Zen style window.




The sliding panel paintings are from 400 years ago.

Now it’s got pale but was painted with gold powder.


View through the kitchen door.


This stream used to be connected to one of canals which broughtthem to Minami Area, such as Namba, Dotombori maybe for business, orentertainment.



The waiting place for tea ceremony.


His name Kagaya, is now the name of the town.

Admission Free

Now the property is owned by the City of Osaka.

4-8-7 Minami Kagaya, Suminoe-ku, Osaka City

About 15 minute walk from Abikomichi Station of Hankai Tramway (Nickname:Chin-Den)

About 17 minute walk from Suminoe Koen Station of Subway Yotsubashi Line(Yotsubashi Sen)

About 20 minute walk from Suminoe Station of Nankai Main Line (NankaiHonsen)

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The lobby of Four Seasons Hotel in Kyoto is full of flowers designed by Nicolai Bergmann, a Danish Flower Artist who resides in Japan.


Four Seasons Hotel Kyot opened last fall.

445-3 Myohoin Maekawa-cho Higashioji-dori Shibutani-sagaru, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, 605-0932
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The old tea company, Tsuboichi bought an old Japanese house which was built over 400 years ago, and renovated it into a nice tea room that everybody loves.


It employs the tea ceremony guru, Sen no Rikyu’s idea,” Shichu no Sankyo”, which means even in the town, feel like in the mountain or in the nature.


Matcha is good!

Japanese sweets is also good!




1-1-2 Kuken-cho, Sakai City, Osaka
Next to Shimmei-cho Station of Hankai Tramway

# by berry-raspberry | 2016-11-14 00:16 | Osaka Pf - Sakai | Comments(0)
Sumiyoshi Festival is held from July 30th to August 1st every year, and August 1st is the final day.

On the 1st of August, the big parade takes place.

It starts from Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine to Shukuin, the branch shrine of Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine in Sakai City, and it’s about 4.6 km long.

The biggest event is the portable shrine crossing in the Yamato River.

This year, the portable shrine got renewed and got really shiny and golden than ever.


The portable shrine arrived.


The samurai soldiers arrived.


They triggered their matchlock guns.


Osaka side people carried the portable shrine to the river.


In the middle of the river, Sakai side people took over and carried to Shukuin, the branch shrine of Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine.
# by berry-raspberry | 2016-08-02 00:25 | Sumiyoshi Shrine | Comments(0)
Risho no mori in Sakai City is a museum which mainly exhibits things of and about Sen no Rikyu and Yosano Akiko, which opened about a year ago.


Sen no Rikyu is the great master of tea ceremony who lived in the 16th century and Yosano Akiko was a writer who were born in the late 19th century.

Both were born and grew up in Sakai City, Osaka.

Next to the exhibition room, there is a tea ceremony room.



They offer casual style tea ceremony called “Ryurei Teicha”


There are three main schools of tea ceremony in Japan: Omote-senke, Ura-senke, and Mushanokoji-senke.

At Risho no Mori, these three schools cooperate, and the teachers of each school take turn to demonstrate the ceremony.

On the day when I went, the school was Omote-senke.


This is a demonstration video which was taken at Risho no Mori.
The teacher is from Ura-senke.
The tea ceremony master demonstrates and explains, and the guest learns how to do it. It’s in Japanese but you may know what it’s like.
But don’t worry. Believe it or not, many of the Japanese don’t know how to do it.

As a matter of a fact, I have experienced attending the tea ceremony but I haven’t learn how to do it. Maybe it’s high time I started learning…..

The admission for the tea ceremony is 500 yen which includes matcha tea and Japanese sweets.
The admission for the museum is 300 yen.

You can go both or you can choose one of them.

2-1-1 Shikuin-cho Nishi, Sakai-ku, Sakai, Osaka

Two minutes from Shukuin Station of Hankai Tramway.
It's next to Rikyu's Birth place.


# by berry-raspberry | 2016-05-22 00:16 | Osaka Pf - Sakai | Comments(0)
Tea Ceremony, in Japanese, Sado, is known as a very important part of traditional Japanese culture.

Sen no Rikyu, the tea ceremony guru, was born in Sakai, Osaka in 1522.

In those days, tea ceremony was for male, not for female.
Not only as a leader of tea ceremony, he had even political influence to the authority at the time.

He established “Wabi-cha”, and cherished the feeling of “Wabi Sabi”.
He appreciated the serenity in simple and plain surroundings.


His house where he was born was a huge place, but now just a small part of the garden is remained. It is amazing that his trace still exists.


It’s near Shukuin Station of Hankai Tramway.

1-17-1 Shukuin-Nishi Sakai-ku, Sakai, Osaka

# by berry-raspberry | 2016-05-08 22:11 | Osaka Pf - Sakai | Comments(0)